What is the value of a photograph tomorrow?

Determining the personal value of a photograph is a complex issue. Initially, it seems like it shouldn't cost any more than the $0.13 developing fee, but consider the relative value to the one who holds the memories. People invest their wealth in lifestyle, homes, and vehicles, yet if presented with the choice to rescue only one belonging from a catastrophe, all choose their family's "Photography Memories" knowing these are the only belongings that can never be replaced.  

So what is the value of a photograph?

My wife and I on one of our first dates.

My wife and I on one of our first dates.

A Photograph is the only...

  • way to stop time
  • opportunity to the world through another's eyes
  • truly unique thing we can own
  • way we can relive a moment
  • thing that lasts after the wedding
  • evidence our memory was real
My grandfather when he was young.

My grandfather when he was young.

A Photograph is a tangible connection to...

  • our past, present, and future
  • the our life experiences that make us who we are
  • the people, places, and things we care about most
  • our heritage
  • our greatest life moments
My wife holding our newborn son.

My wife holding our newborn son.

A Photograph can...

  • never be replaced
  • say more than words
  • capture personality
  • make us remember
  • share life with others
  • show moments we may have missed
  • traverse time and space
  • bring people together
  • transcend language and culture
My sister and I a long time ago.

My sister and I a long time ago.

A Photograph has the power to...

  • communicate knowledge, ideas, understanding, and love
  • change the world or change our world view
  • remind us of what is most important
  • elicit the strongest of human emotion
  • take us places we have never been
  • show moments we may have missed
  • strengthen the bonds we share with ones we love
  • live forever
My daughter's first ride on a ferris wheel.

My daughter's first ride on a ferris wheel.

My friend and mentor, Skip Cohen of Skip Cohen University, always says, "With the exception of modern medicine, no career field has given society more than professional photography!

The strange thing about photographs is they always appreciate with age. So, what is the value of your photograph?

It's your story.

-JMB

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